Mediating agricultural entrepreneurship through embracing innovative technology: a tale from small rural enterprises in an emerging economy

Navjot Sandhu (Corresponding / Lead Author), Javed Hussain, Jonathan M. Scott

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    The study evaluates small marginal farmers’ (SMFs) potential behavior, attitude and trust in the adoption of innovative emerging technologies.
    Design/methodology/approach
    The study employed an agile multi-factor approach to conceptualize a digital marketplace to connect a supply chain ecosystem for stakeholders.
    Findings
    The empirical findings suggest that most SMFs are willing to embrace innovative technologies. Nonetheless, they lack the necessary technological oriented education, training and funds to innovate. However, their reluctance to adapt changes is attributable to their fear of losing past customs and practices; they were threatened by the reaction of intermediaries (arthyias) to the adoption of technologies, which could result in them suffering huge losses.
    Originality/value
    This innovative disintermediation business model has a significant potential to reduce information asymmetry, cost and hoarding – and can thus increase the SMFs’ profit margins. Agricultural technological innovations have a profound potential to impact their supply chain logistics positively by reducing the wastage of perishable food and thus enhancing the consumer experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberIJEBR 12-2022-1055
    JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2024

    Keywords

    • Farming
    • India
    • Innovative technology
    • Intermediaries
    • Small and marginal farmers

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